Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Special Spot Shots

Inspired by Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #78: Special Spot Shots

Now we are looking forward to seeing Your very special spot shots – maybe a room in your home, a garden, a mountain, a city, an exhibition, a lovely café…a place that is special to you!

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While taking on this photo challenge, I came to the realization that my “Special Spot” had changed.

At first, I thought…Coronado Beach! I have such warm and wonderful – and yes, special, memories from the half dozen times I vacationed there.

I have posted about this slice of heaven on the US west coast several times…

Coronado Beach, California

However, I have not been back to Coronado since 2006 and it is unlikely I will be able to make a cross country trip again.

Time for a new special place…

I live on the US east coast…relatively close to a beautiful beach. I will admit, it’s not as beautiful as Coronado…but it still ranks up there.

From October through December of 2016 we lived in a rental across the street from the sands of Hampton Beach. A temporary stint of “living at the beach” while we waited to close on our new condo under construction a few towns away.

It was off season, so we practically had the beach to ourselves…

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Hampton Beach, NH – 2016

Peaceful.
Perfect for afternoon walks.

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Hampton Beach, NH – 2016

A seat on the sand for contemplation…

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Hampton Beach, NH – 2016

…mesmerized by the waves while my imagination ran wild with plans for the future.

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Yesterday afternoon I decided to take a ride back to Hampton Beach…

Dressed in layers for a cold, windy, winter walk.

It happened to be low tide. The lowest tide I’d ever seen.

I was not disappointed…

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Hampton Beach, NH – 2020
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Hampton Beach, NH – 2020

It seems I still have a Special Spot.

Now…close to home.

Paradise Found

Inspired by Lens-Artists Challenge #65: Pick a Place

We’d like you to capture the spirit of a place that is vivid in your memory. What was it that drew you in and why did it capture YOUR heart?

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You have to go to Coronado!
Stop at the Del for dessert since it’s cheaper than getting a meal!

My friend Barbara was adamant. My husband and I were planning a week’s vacation in San Diego (this was 1996…before the internet…back when you talked to friends and read travel books to prepare for a trip). I had always wanted to explore southern California – specifically San Diego – and Barbara insisted we include a trip to nearby Coronado.

She grew up in California, so I figured her advice was solid.

We dutifully signed up for one of those trolley tours you can take when visiting a popular tourist destination. Coronado (often referred to as an island, but as we were informed many times – it’s a peninsula – NOT an island) is just across the bridge from San Diego. Lucky for us…it was a stop on the route.

When the trolley let us off on Coronado’s Orange Avenue….we fell in love with what we saw. Palm tree lined streets, friendly locals, an amazing ice cream shop, a restaurant advertising the world’s best margarita, thriving community theater…and the best part: the Beach. Sparkly sand like I’d never seen before. Or since.

Yes, we also drank tea and enjoyed a snack at the “Del” (aka: The Hotel Del Coronado…the iconic location of the classic film Some Like It Hot). Thank you Barbara.

We discovered that Coronado Beach goes on for what seems like forever. Dotted with people of all ages, shapes and sizes. Tourists and townspeople alike. Kids building sand castles. Teenagers tossing beachballs. Runners pounding footprints into the sand. Even a section for dogs and their humans to play.

It’s also a perfect beach for walking, even at high tide. An ideal spot for stretching out on a rented chair or towel. Reading. Writing. Listening to music. Staring at the horizon. Quenching one’s thirst. Unwinding.

We returned to my favorite place a half dozen times and found something new to do every visit.

My last visit was a solo trip in 2006 for a week’s R&R.

No need to rent a car. Walking or riding a bicycle was enough.

From a walk by the pier…

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To the shops…

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To the beach…

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Coronado Beach

 

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Dog Beach

 

After dinner…perhaps a concert at the bandstand…

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And back to the beach for a sunset goodnight…

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Just perfect.

 

 

 

Silhouettes

Inspired by Lens-Artists Challenge #62: Silhouettes

 

After a recent long walk up and down the shoreline at the beach, I noticed a row of seagulls perched on the roof of a shelter near the parking lot.

I assumed they were taking a rest from a long day of swooping down on unsuspecting tourists and their dropped chunks of sandwiches, fried dough and chips. Always on the lookout. Always hungry.

They didn’t seem to mind being photographed.

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A couple of years ago, another beach goer on the lookout…

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…who didn’t know he was being photographed.